As your little monster moves fast from one milestone to the next, there’s barely anytime for you to keep up or plan for all the changes. Before you know it, the time has come to gradually wean them onto solid food. Or at least you think it has. How exactly are you supposed to know when to start?
From a nutritional perspective, the WHO reassures us that nutrient storage that the baby is born with, as well as exclusive breastfeeding/formula, should provide the nutrition needed for the first 6 months. If a baby seems hungrier before this time it’s might be an indication of a growth spurt, and extra breastmilk or formula should to the trick.
There is often some debate on whether the 6-month mark is best for all babies. We definitely know that we don’t want to delay beyond this point as nutritional requirements increase and baby’s store are winding down. Breastmilk/formula is no longer enough. We don’t want weaning to become a science experiment so we suggest looking at your own baby for signs that they are ready to begin.
· Able to sit comfortable with little or no help
· Able to reach for and grasp objects
· Able to hold neck and head steady
· Opens mouth or leans forwards when offered food
· Interested in what you’re eating.
· Their tongue reflex, pushing food out, has gone away